Hello, everyone! I’m writing to you about a pretty important topic, so I hope you’ll hear me out.
Since I do translations of Jojo fanworks, I interact with Japanese artists on pixiv every day, and occasionally at events. We talk about lots of fun fandom things and also language stuff. However, the issue of reposting/editing/translating without permission comes up pretty often. I thought I would share some thoughts from popular artists:
ARTIST A: "Actually, I’m also having a lot of problems with unauthorized translations (English, Chinese, Korean, etc).I want to write a warning about this on my pixiv profile and also doujinshi, can you help me?”
ARTIST B: ”I haven’t given this person my consent, so there’s no mistaking that it’s an unauthorized translation and reposting.”
ARTIST B: (regarding that posting) ”I don’t know English at all, so I would really appreciate it if you could send a message on my behalf to ask that person to take down my works.” (Note: I did send the message, but the person has not taken them down.)
ARTIST C: (while turning down consent for a translation) "Of course I would be very happy to have my works read by fans overseas. But even though you post credit and links properly, there is still the possibility of people taking the content and reposting it without my permission. "
ARTIST D: (regarding seeing her artwork, and the artwork of friends, being edited and used without credit on countless RP blogs on tumblr.) ”I did a little research regarding unauthorized reposting abroad, and sadly, it is not rare. It seems that awareness and respect of artists’ rights varies from country to country.”
ARTIST D continued in the same message: ”However, (as you probably know), even just in Japan, unauthorized reproduction has become a big problem, and has caused a lot of unpleasant situations. In some cases, people beloved artists quit their activities (ie, creating fanart/doujinshi/etc)..”
ARTIST D continued, addressing the people making icons from her artwork without permission/credit: “You carelessly used art that wasn’t yours (thinking “this is nice art!”), but are you OK with that “nice art” decreasing because of your actions?”
***Note: These are not perfect translations but you get the idea.
I could post plenty more, but I’m going to stop here. Here’s my point:
Let’s stop unauthorized posting, translation, and editing of fanworks on tumblr. In the jojo fandom, we, the English speakers, are still a relatively small population compared to the Japanese fans (though this is changing as the anime gains popularity). We rely on them for a lot of content. I think we can manage to scrape up some basic manners to keep things civil with the people who are providing so much of the content we enjoy. Hell, Jojo is all about cooperation and interaction of people from all different countries, it’s pretty embarrassing if we can’t get this right.
SO WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?
- Don’t post art without permission.
- Don’t post art without a proper source (and permission!)
- Don’t use art in your layout/profile picture without permission and credit.
- Don’t make icons from fanart without permission
- Don’t translate without permission and make sure to post according to the artist’s wishes.
- Don’t reblog translations from people whose work is unauthorized.
- Needless to say, don’t scan or post doujinshi.
- Tell your friends to cut it out if they’re doing this stuff.
BUT I ALREADY MESSED UP! WHAT SHOULD I DO?!
- If you have posted an artist’s work without permission, delete your post or contact the artist to apologize and ask for (delayed) permission.
- If you have unauthorized translations on your blog, contact the artist and apologize sincerely. Delete the translations if they ask you to. Apologize even more, lol.
- If you are in the habit of making icons from pixiv artwork, delete them. Get artist permission before editing their artwork and post credit to them.
- Send a link to the artist whose artwork you are using in your layout and ask if it’s okay (make sure you have credit somewhere) to keep using it. Apologize. If they don’t give you permission, remove the image.
Now, you’re probably thinking… “I would like to ask for permission, but I don’t know any Japanese!” Well, I’m here to help.
MESSAGES YOU CAN COPY/PASTE IN JAPANESE ARE UNDER THE CUT~